Sunday, August 5

Republican debate

I'm a bit disappointed. I think there's another hour of it floating around somewhere, but I can't watch it since at the commercial break in the middle of the debate, the local ABC station went to paid programming, but I will comment on the first hour.

Right away it started off pitting a Sam Brownback campaign statement against Mitt Romney over Brownback's pre-recorded phone message calling Romney a flip-flopper on abortion. Along those lines, this debated seemed especially confrontational in comparison to CNN's debates, but Stephanopoulos has done a better job of not being as easy a pushover as Blitzer by the candidates. He seemed to work in nearly all the candidates in each round at the expense of the number of questions; CNN was visa-versa.

The first round was abortion. The second round was Iraq strategy and Ron Paul got the bookends on that one. Though I support Ron Paul, the Iraq issue is the one with which I am the most unsure of about him. On the one hand, democracy and freedom is good, but you can't point a gun at people as you tell them to vote. And the war is costing us billions and billions and if we really want to spread democracy and whatnot, then basically what we should do is to invade everything between Morocco and India. I like Ron Paul's proposal that we spread democracy by being the good example. Unfortunately, that method takes generations instead of a few years.

Tancredo said last week that he'd drop the bomb on some of the Muslim's holy cities if we are attacked and he reconfirmed it today. I think that's by far one of the worse ideas, ever. Though in the immediate heat of something really bad, it wouldn't seem like such a bad idea, that'd be the kind of thing for which we'd deserve a regime change. If only he weren't an extremist he'd be more viable. On healthcare, I think it was he who said something like 'the president's job isn't to educate and care for kids, it's to protect the country'. Whether or not he said it, it is true.

Rudy was out with his normal nonsensical statements. In the past he said "freedom is about submitting a large amount of control of your life to authority". Today he said something like 'Democracy isn't about voting, it's about the military using force to control stuff' and that people were afraid to go out for groceries before he was mayor. I sure hope he doesn't get the nomination. He does this certain look that's incredibly annoying when he opens his eyes really wide and raises his eyebrows.

He got, quite frankly, bitch slapped by Stephanopoulos twice. Confronted with his words, Rudy denied the phrasing of something, and George said 'I've got the transcripts right here' and then he disagreed so George read it word for word.

Mitt Romney is annoying too. He seems as plastic as John Edwards. It's interesting to hear how their phrasing shifts over time. Today he was picking up a little Paul by saying that we need to set a positive example. He did have the funny of the debate when he said that Barack Obama "has gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove" in the last week. (How I miss that mineshaft gap.)

Huckabee seemed to do well. I'd say he's my #2 candidate. A few weeks ago I saw him on tv refuting the film Sicko. He comes off as being stable, conservative, and real. I find myself agreeing with him with other issues, but he seems strong in the healthcare field for some reason, likely to the chagrin of Tommy Thompson.

I think Tommy had a good debate, perhaps even his best. Really though, healthcare is the only issue he's got and he's not particularly special on it. Other than that, he seemed like the polite, level, older gentleman on stage. Unfortunately for him, playin' it safe is leaving him in the dust with, 4% I think it was in Iowa, even after he's spent all his time going from county to county.

I'd like to see what they're talking about in the second half. This one was more of a debate in that most of them were actually almost disagreeing with each other.

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